Daniel Defoe has puzzled biographers for 300 years. Today he is seen as a victim of religous persecution. But in this carefully researched book John Martin suggests that it was his sexuality that was the problem. At a time when homosexual acts were against the law, he sought his fame and fortune by sexual relationships with men of power. Martin does not deny that Foe was a literary genius. However, and interestingly Martin argues that when Defoe is writing as a woman, as in Moll Flanders and Roxana, he is writing about his own life. He loved to cross dress in an age that thought it a great lark.